I’ve been discussing what’s wrong in our society in my last couple of posts, so now, in the spirit of addressing, cherishing and celebrating the 9 forms of Goddess Durga, I want to share what it is to be a woman in India in 2017.
Starting from where I come from, I am the youngest of 3 sisters, born and brought up in Lucknow. Now in a time and scenario where having a girl child was looked down at, I have been blessed to have parents who not only gave us the best education and schooling available, they taught us to be independent, to fend for ourselves and how to keep our self-respect and dignity.
Flash-forwarding to 2017.
I am a mom to an adorable 16 month young boy. We live in a nuclear setup, I handle the baby alone, drive around the city and manage to get any and everything under the sun done, while carrying a baby with me. What has genuinely helped me, the availability of the right kind of equipment, a car seat and an ergonomic baby carrier.
In today’s India, men are changing. There is a movement of feminism. The belief and practice of being equal in all rights is starting to flourish in the current generations. I married one. He tries to be as much of a hand-on dad as he can, he’s tried his hand at cooking, or at least becomes my sous-chef.
For centuries we have respected women and glorified them as Maata, a nourisher and giver, but now, we are being seen and being empowered as equals, be it in professionally or personally. And women are shining in each field possible.
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